In recent years, Planned Parenthood (PP) has changed its business model to utilize smaller, satellite abortion clinics that feed clients into a large central abortuary in urban centers. The satellite facilities generally do not perform surgical abortions themselves. This transition appears to be driven by both a decrease in the number of physicians willing to perform abortions and possibly efforts to maximize profits.
Even with additional PP locations, the number of abortions has decreased dramatically in Harris County, home to the United States’ largest abortion facility. According to the most recent Texas Department of State Health Services’ report, official statistics show that from 2010 to 2016 abortions decreased an astounding 26.9%. In 2010 the number of abortions in Harris County was 18,914. In 2016 the number of abortions had declined to 13,813. Statewide in 2010 the number of abortions in Texas was 74,959. In 2016 it was 53,357. So there has been a decline of 28.8% statewide.
This drop in the number of abortions shows attitudes are changing and the Pro-Life message is being heard. But another trend, often overlooked, encourages us as well, one in which Life is also taking the upper hand!
The employee turnover rate in the abortion industry is one of the highest in the nation, according to Abby Johnson, former PP clinic director and founder of And Then There Were None ministries.
MCRTL officer, Joe Wiegand has observed this trend locally. Joe states, “It seems that I’ve been seeing more PP job placement advertisements recently, so I pulled these from my email history back to July 1st and can see that PP has advertised to fill at least 27 positions the last two months, ranging from part time clerk to senior executive level. These positions were all advertised in Spring and surrounding areas for the Houston location. I don’t have the history on my computer from the beginning of the year, but I know they regularly advertise to fill positions. They must have a high turnover rate, which tells me our prayers for the workers to find jobs of healing are being answered.”
MCRTL has maintained prayer outside the Planned Parenthood at Louetta since the facility opened in April 2013. Prayer for the babies, their parents, and the PP employees is effecting change!
We invite you to participate in our weekly prayer vigil every Saturday morning from 8-9:30 AM outside the Planned Parenthood at 4747 Louetta. Also, MCRTL is the local sponsor of the 40 Days for Life campaign, an international prayer ministry focused on ending abortion that occurs for 40 days in the fall and 40 days in the spring. Please visit www.40daysforlife.com/spring for more information. Life Chain is a North American prayer outreach that occurs on the first Sunday in October. MCRTL sponsors a local Life Chain each year. Please click here for more information on that prayer opportunity. Prayer is integral to seeing the end of abortion. We encourage you and your family to join us in prayer.